James Yorkston - album review (4 stars)

James Yorkston

The Year of the Leopard (Domino)

FOLKISH-COUNTRYISH-SINGER-SONGWRITER THING

For this third long player, undefinable Fife troubadour Yorkston has created an eclectic collection of moody gems which exceeds his own already extremely high standards. There is huge variety here, from the strummy pop romp of ‘As Steady as She Goes’ to the extraordinarily moving electronica spoken word heart of the album ‘Woozy with Cider’. But there is also something tightly focused about this record, a confidence which links all the wheezing concertinas, the plaintive guitar and strings, the thrumming rhythms and throbbing Fender Rhodes piano, which seems to organically stem from an artist who instinctively conjures up music with a deep soul and a strong heart.

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